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Danzig – Deth Red Sabaoth: Review

It has been six  years or so since Danzig released their last album. But on June 22, they are due to release a new record entitled Deth Red Sabaoth. Unfortunately, it is a struggle to listen to; the first listen was barely survivable. Danzig fans certainly will not be as pessimistic towards the album, but I would call it a musical disappointment.

The Music (rating: C)

  1. Hammer of the Gods
  2. The Revengeful
  3. Rebel Spirits
  4. Black Candy
  5. On a Wicked Night
  6. Deth Red Moon
  7. Ju Ju Bone
  8. Night Star Hel
  9. Pyre of Souls: Incanticle
  10. Pyre of Souls: Seasons of Pain
  11. Left Hand Rise Above

Though it has a few similarities with older Danzig material, the album has a completely different feel. The music in Deth Red Sabaoth is quite blues-influenced, but embraces the heaviness of metal. Influences range from doom metal to southern rock. But despite the wide range of influences, much of the album is highly repetitive.

The musicianship is quite unimpressive with this album. There is very little variety within the album, although there potentially could have been a great amount. But the lack of differentiation regarding tempo and dynamics between the songs makes this an extremely boring album. And even within songs, there isn’t much going on. All the instruments repeat themselves far too much within the songs; the music becomes annoying on the first listen! “The Revengeful” repeats the same, simple riff for at least three-quarters of the song, but it is not at all warranted. In “Ju Ju Bone,” those three words are sung over and over again in an overly irritating fashion. The majority of the album reflects these two songs, although not to as large an extent. Deth Red Sabaoth is a shallow, monotonous album that should be heard no more than once.

Even though many are unable to withstand Danzig’s voice, it is not his tone that turned me off. The phrasing of the vocals, as well as every other instrument, is unbearable. In fact, the overall performance of the instruments is nothing more than average. There is very little that exceeds the basics with regards to the bass and drums, and the few guitar riffs are unable to hold their weight for the amount of time they are played for. The vocal tone is quite unique, but that becomes irrelevant with the generic phrasing on the album. Not only is it an uninspired performance, but it is a painful nuisance to listen to. There is nothing special given by any instrument on the album.

Given the amount of time since the last Danzig album, I was anticipating much more from Deth Red Sabaoth… I was utterly disappointed. It is devoid of life and substance, and has nothing impressive to shelter its flaws. Perhaps it is not as bad as I make it out to be, and my great expectations are diluting my opinion of the album. Nonetheless, I am confident that under any circumstances, I would never listen to this album a second time. In fact, I would recommend everyone to avoid listening to this album for a first time… maybe not Danzig fans.

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  1. jk
    June 20, 2010 at 8:12 am

    i found out this album gets better with each listen. after a few days i consider it as good as the early stuff. Danzig is unique and it shows on this album too.

  2. STK
    July 10, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    i had to listen to this record a few times before i “got it”. now i love it. for Danzig fans, there a plenty of giblets here that made you a fan in the first place. it fits well in the danzig collection.

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